this report contains details of an economic assessment of market prospects for battery electric road vehicles and some of the more important conclusions are presented. the most likely markets for battery electric road vehicles were identified as the light goods vehicle and perhaps some urban buses. only the advent of a high energy density battery, like sodium-sulphur, is likely to make consideration of the battery electric passenger car worthwhile. future noise and pollution requirements are unlikely to significantly improve the market prospects of battery electric road vehicles but scarcity or increased cost of oil could well have a more positive effect. (a) (the abstract of part 1 is irrd abstract no. 211794).

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